Eleanor Holmes Norton joins us and shares her perspective on free speech and advancing the power of the people: “People are used to people like me defending all of us on the right side. But the lesson I’m trying to teach, such as it is, is that we can’t have free speech unless they do. It’s a pretty simple lesson, and it works for this country.”


Seth Adler: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joins us. Welcome to Cannabis Economy. I'm your host Seth Adler. Download episode on canneconomy.com. That's two N's and the word economy.

Seth Adler: We've got our digital workshop coming up. Top level insight from policy, business, and science on what's happening now and what should be happening now. First, a word from Wana Brands, also a sponsor of the digital workshop. And then U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Seth Adler: Want to know with Wana Brands. Nancy, you've spoken about ratios in the past.

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Nancy: We really love our 1:1 products. We have a 1:1 capsule and we have a 1:1 gummy that we just released fairly recently. First of all, it's delicious. It's a strawberry lemonade. But it has just taken off like a rocket. And I think what people really love is the pain relief and the calming nature of the CBD in combination with the THC.

Seth Adler: Eleanor Holmes Norton, thank you so much for giving me some time.

Eleanor H.N.: Of course. Glad to talk with you.

Seth Adler: I've been looking forward to this one, so I appreciate it. Let's get the big stuff out of the way first. Your legislation that you sponsor about housing and cannabis use.

Eleanor H.N.: What I'm sponsoring-

Seth Adler: Federal housing.

Eleanor H.N.: What I am sponsoring is to allow cannabis to be used in public housing, in Section 8 housing. That is to say housing that is partially funded by the federal government in the same way that is used in your home because this is your home, and because let's face it, the people have voted by smoking. I'm not sure. I would never allege there's smoking in public housing. But the fact is that across this United States, the final verdict is in. So Congress should just catch up. The police have caught up. You won't find the police arresting people unless it's out in the open, smoking almost in your face. But they're not going into your homes, they're not going into private or public housing, or Section 8 subsidized housing.

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